New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

June 18, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Stepping down

June 17, 2019
Stimpson, Michelle, author.
[CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform]
271 pages ; 22 cm
"Mark has been pastoring New Vision church for six years now, and all his hard work is about to pay off as the church approaches mega-church status. But while Mark has been busy building the church, his own household has been crumbling to pieces. After ignoring divine guidance, Mark finds himself caught up in the appearance of a scandal that threatens to tear the church apart. And his wife's secrets only add insult to near-fatal injury. Sharla would have done just about anything to be a mother...and, actually, she did. She was willing to pay the price for her mistakes, but she never dreamed someone else might have to suffer instead. How close can she come to confessing her past without jeopardizing her future?"-- From back cover.

Not with the church's money

June 17, 2019
Stimpson, Michelle.
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.
161 pages ; 21 cm
"When the pastor of Lee Chapel passes away suddenly, his son, Willie Lee, Jr., is supposed to pick up the mantle. But 'church' was never Willie Jr.'s forte...until his uncle Joseph convinces him that becoming the next pastor might prove beneficial financially. Willie's mother, Ephesia, hopes that her son will be able to fill his father's shoes, but she has doubts. And Willie's Aunt Galatia has no problem voicing her opinions about Willie Jr.'s deficiencies. In fact, she hopes that her husband (Joseph) will soon be able to take over the job of shepherding the church. Amidst this uncertainty, Willie's wife decides now would be a good time to leave, which means Willie Jr. must obtain and keep a job--something he hasn't ever really had to do. Will the pressures of making ends meet cause Willie Jr. to abuse his position and the church's money? Will he ever be able to live up to the prophecy his deceased father told? And will he learn his most valuable lessons before it's too late?"--Back cover.

The travelers : a novel

June 14, 2019
Porter, Regina, author.
309 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Meet James Samuel Vincent - an affluent Manhattan attorney who shirks his modest Irish American background but hews to his father’s philandering ways. James muddles through a topsy-turvy relationship with his son, Rufus, which is further complicated when Rufus marries Claudia Christie. Claudia's mother - Agnes Miller Christie - is a beautiful African American woman who survives a chance encounter on a Georgia road that propels her into a new life in the Bronx. Soon after, her husband, Eddie Christie, is called to duty on an aircraft carrier in Vietnam, where Tom Stoppard's play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead becomes his life anchor as he grapples with mounting racial tensions on the ship and counts the days until he will see Agnes again. These unforgettable characters' lives intersect with a cast of lovers and friends: the unapologetic black lesbian who finds her groove in 1970s Berlin; a moving man stranded in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, during a Thanksgiving storm; two half brothers who meet as adults in a crayon factory; and a Coney Island waitress whose Prince Charming is too good to be true. Written with piercing humor, exacting dialogue, and a beautiful sense of place, Regina Porter's debut is both an intimate family portrait and a sweeping exploration of what it means to be American today.

Borrowed time

June 13, 2019
Clark, Tracy P., 1961- author.
373 pages ; 22 cm
"Cassandra Raines, the former Chicago cop turned private investigator, looks into a suspicious death as a favor to a friend--and makes some powerful enemies... Tim Ayers, scion of a wealthy Chicago family, has been found dead, floating in Lake Michigan near his luxury boat. Cass reluctantly begins digging only to discover that Tim Ayers was terminally ill. Given the large quantities of alcohol and drugs found in his body, Ayers' death appears to be either an accident or suicide. But there are too many unanswered questions and unexplained coincidences. Why would anyone kill a dying man? Working her connections on both sides of the law, Cass tries to point the police in the right direction. But violence is escalating around her, and Cass's persistence has already attracted unwanted attention, uncovering sinister secrets that Cass may end up taking to her grave"-- Book jacket.

In West Mills : a novel

June 4, 2019
Winslow, De'Shawn Charles, author.
New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.
261 pages ; 22 cm
"Azalea "Knot" Centre is determined to live life as she pleases. Let the people of West Mills say what they will; the neighbors' gossip won't keep Knot from what she loves best: cheap moonshine, nineteenth-century literature, and the company of men. And yet, Knot is starting to learn that her freedom comes at a high price. Alone in her one-room shack, ostracized from her relatives and cut off from her hometown, Knot turns to her neighbor, Otis Lee Loving, in search of some semblance of family and home. Otis Lee is eager to help. A lifelong fixer, Otis Lee is determined to steer his friends and family away from decisions that will cause them heartache and ridicule. After his failed attempt as a teenager to help his older sister, Otis Lee discovers a possible path to redemption in the chaos Knot brings to his doorstep. But while he's busy trying to fix Knot's life, Otis Lee finds himself powerless to repair the many troubles within his own family, as the long-buried secrets of his troubled past begin to come to light. Set in an African American community in rural North Carolina from 1941 to 1987, In West Mills is a magnificent, big-hearted small-town story about family, friendship, storytelling, and the redemptive power of love."--Dust jacket.

If it makes you happy

June 3, 2019
Kann, Claire, author.
New York : Swoon Reads, 2019.
343 pages ; 22 cm
"When Winnie is crowned Summer Queen in the small town of Misty Haven, she has to balance her new responsibilities with her friendships, a new romance, and her job at her granny's diner..." -- Publisher's description.

Little sister : (Cleo's story - a companion to Been So Long)

May 31, 2019
Thompson, Adrienne, author.
© 2012.
149 pages ; 23 cm
Companion book to: Been So Long.
"A runaway at the age of twelve, Cleo Williams is now an adult with her own family. As she faces down the demons of her past, will she lose her family and her sanity?" -- Page 4 of cover.


May 29, 2019
Jenkins, Beverly, 1951- author.
373 pages ; 17 cm
Valinda Lacy's mission is to help the newly emancipated survive and flourish in post-Civil War New Orleans. When thugs destroy her school and target her, she runs for her life--into the arms of Captain Drake LeVeq. An architect from an old New Orleans family, Drake admires Valinda's determination but when her father demands she return home to marry another man, her daring rebellion draws Drake into an irresistible intrigue.

Madam, may I

May 23, 2019
Bryant, Niobia.
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., [2019]
276 pages ; 21 cm

Home wrecker

May 22, 2019
Joseph, Dwayne S.
Deer Park, NY : Urban Renaissance, 2011, ©2008.
ix, 271 pages ; 17 cm
Originally issued: Deer Park, NY : Urban Books, 2008 as a trade paperback.
Includes book club discussion questions and a conversation with the author.
Wives pay Lisette to ruin their marriages. Some are looking to get out of abusive situations and others are looking to get even with their husbands. Some don't want a divorce, just control. After Lisette turns down Kyra Roger's job offer, Kyra doesn't want to take no for an answer. Lisette's life will never be the same.

Midlife crisis

May 21, 2019
Hunt, La Jill, author.
236 pages ; 21 cm
"Sylvia Blackwell has it all, or so she thinks. She and her handsome husband, Garrett, are the epitome of success: an immaculate house of their dreams, a beautiful and talented 17-year-old daughter, flourishing careers, and nearly twenty years of perfectly wedded bliss. Just as they are making plans for their vow renewal celebration, a call in the middle of the night interrupts their picture-perfect lives. Now Sylvia has to deal with the reality of Garrett's dead mistress, a love child she never knew about, and the fact that the man she's been married to for the past twenty years may not be the man she knows at all."--

Outlaw mamis

May 21, 2019
321 pages ; 21 cm
Blood of my blood / Jasmine Williams -- Honor among boss chicks / Niyah Moore -- Dishonorable / INDIA -- Mental / Brandie Davis -- One in the chamber / N'TYSE.
"Secure the bag" is their motto, and death before dishonor is their G-code, so when greed, disloyalty, and hidden agendas threaten their enterprises, these outlaw mamis exact revenge on a whole new level!"--Publisher's description.

Know your place

May 16, 2019
Ellis, Shelly, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., [2019]
viii, 294 pages ; 21 cm.
"Dafina Books."
"Success didn't come easy for three best friends from the streets. And now dangerous choices and reckless desire will push their bond to lethal limits."--Publisher's description.

Fatality in F

April 19, 2019
Gordon, Alexia, author.
[Frisco, TX] : Henery Press, 2019.
222 pages ; 23 cm.
"Gethsemane is looking forward to a relaxing summer, until bodies start dropping like rose petals at the annual rose and garden show and her best friend is the prime suspect."--Publisher's description.

A big girl's revenge

April 18, 2019
Moore, Michel, author.
244 pages ; 21 cm
"Life is great for thick-boned Keisha Jackson. With a good education, well-paying job, and a promising future, she has everything a young woman could ask for, including high self-esteem. But after a chance meeting with Rico, the neighborhood "bad boy," her fairy tale life is quickly dismantled. Blinded by emotion, she gives in to all his cruel intentions. Under the false claim of love, Rico vindictively tears down all that good-girl Keisha has built. His sole purpose seems to be to make her miserable. Rico has no limits on the grief he causes and the disrespect he shows. Having endured physical, mental, and sexual abuse, Keisha finally sees the light, and she's not having it anymore. The tables are turned, and Rico feels her well-deserved wrath."--Provided by publisher.

They don't play fair

April 18, 2019
Johnson, Clifford, author.
Farmington, N.Y. : Urban Books, [2019]
282 pages ; 21 cm
Papio and Special are back! Their love for one another has withstood the drama and turmoil of their chaotic lives, but their thirst for the dollar has once again set them on a crash course for mayhem. They've accumulated a long list of enemies, and now it's time to do battle. Calling on some strong allies to assist them, they insist that no one will be spared, and no one will get in their way.

The great pretenders

April 12, 2019
Kalpakian, Laura, author.
New York : Berkley, 2019.
376 pages ; 21 cm
Includes readers guide.
"Outraged by her grandfather's illicit affair with Empire Pictures' latest femme fatale, Roxanne Granville forsakes her position as Hollywood royalty and rejects the man who raised her, determined to strike out on her own. Backed by little more than the stubborn grit she inherited from her beloved grandmother, Roxanne sets up shop as a low-budget film agent for budding screenwriters. When an old friend, exiled from Hollywood and Empire Pictures by her grandfather for being a Communist sympathizer, begs for her help, Roxanne decides to right the wrongs committed by her family. It's what her grandmother would have wanted. Soon Roxanne finds herself at the helm of a lucrative business, having landed her secret clients a handful of major studio deals through willing frontmen. Her newfound freedom leads her to a passionate relationship with an African American journalist and jazz aficionado. But Hollywood is ruthless when it senses a scandal. How long will it take before all of Roxanne's success comes crumbling down?"-- Provided by publisher.

All eyes on Tommy Gunz. Part 3

April 11, 2019
Holloway, Warren, author.
209 pages ; 22 cm
"Knowing the Feds are closing in on him in Atlanta, Tom 'Tommy Guns' Anderson makes his way a little further south to the city of Miami, to lay low and make some new connections, so he can continue life the only way he knows how."--Back cover.

All eyes on Tommy Gunz. Part 4

April 11, 2019
Holloway, Warren, author.
213 pages ; 22 cm
"Now that his murder has been faked and he has escaped from prison, Tom 'Tommy Guns' Anderson is no more than a ghost to the American public. But that doesn't mean he is not still wanted. After pressure from the government agencies who supply the drugs for his empire to take Tommy down, Tommy's boss, Ramon Guzman, sets a trap for Tommy."--Back cover.

The legacy : keep the family close... : a novel

April 11, 2019
King, Joy Deja, 1978- author.
222 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes excerpt from the author's Men of the bitch series and the women who love them.
At head of title: A King Production presents...
"Allen Collins is the head of [a] drug empire and he grooms both his sons to control it with him. He wants to create a legacy for his family that will continue on from generation to generation. But in Allen's quest to leave a legacy, he has to first survive his biggest competition, which is the Hernandez family"--Back cover.

Before we were wicked

April 8, 2019
Dickey, Eric Jerome, author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2019]
340 pages ; 24 cm
"Ken is twenty-one, hurting people for cash to try to pay his way through college, when he lays eyes on Jimi Lee, the woman who will change the course of his entire life. What's meant to be a one-night stand with the Harvard-bound beauty turns into an explosion of sexual chemistry that neither can quit. And when Jimi Lee becomes pregnant, their two very different worlds collide in ways they never could have anticipated"

They all fall down

April 4, 2019
Hall, Rachel Howzell, author.
New York : Forge, 2019.
318 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. Delighted by a surprise invitation, Miriam Macy sails off to a luxurious private island off the coast of Mexico, with six strangers--an ex-cop, a chef, a financial advisor, a nurse, a lawyer, a young widow. Surrounded by miles of open water in the gloriously green Sea of Cortez, Miriam is shocked to discover that she and the rest of her companions have been brought to the remote island under false pretenses--and all seven strangers harbor a secret. Danger lurks in the lush forest and in the halls and bedrooms of the lonely mansion. Sporadic cell-phone coverage and miles of ocean keeps the group trapped in paradise. And strange accidents keep them suspicious of each other, as one by one . . . They all fall down For fans of thrilling contemporary suspense like The Woman in Cabin 10, Rachel Howzell Hall's brilliant stand-alone novel modernizes and pays homage to Agatha's Christie's And Then There Were None, bringing a diverse cast of seven sinners to a private island for a reckoning that will leave you breathless"-- Provided by publisher.

Tomorrow's bread

April 2, 2019
Mayhew, Anna Jean, author.
284 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Includes a reading group guide.
From the author of the acclaimed The Dry Grass of August comes a richly researched yet lyrical Southern-set novel that explores the conflicts of gentrification--a moving story of loss, love, and resilience. In 1961 Charlotte, North Carolina, the predominantly black neighborhood of Brooklyn is a bustling city within a city. Self-contained and vibrant, it has its own restaurants, schools, theaters, churches, and night clubs. There are shotgun shacks and poverty, along with well-maintained houses like the one Loraylee Hawkins shares with her young son, Hawk, her Uncle Ray, and her grandmother, Bibi. Loraylee's love for Archibald Griffin, Hawk's white father and manager of the cafeteria where she works, must be kept secret in the segregated South. Loraylee has heard rumors that the city plans to bulldoze her neighborhood, claiming it's dilapidated and dangerous. The government promises to provide new housing and relocate businesses. But locals like Pastor Ebenezer Polk, who's facing the demolition of his church, know the value of Brooklyn does not lie in bricks and mortar. Generations have lived, loved, and died here, supporting and strengthening each other. Yet street by street, longtime residents are being forced out. And Loraylee, searching for a way to keep her family together, will form new alliances--and find an unexpected path that may yet lead her home.

Around Harvard Square

March 29, 2019
Farley, Christopher John, author.
288 pages ; 23 cm

The legacy part II : keep the family close... : a novel

March 29, 2019
King, Joy Deja, 1978- author.
215 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes excerpts from the author's Men of the bitch series and the women who love them, and Assassins, episode 1: Be careful with me.
At head of title: A King Production presents...
The prominent yet deadly Collins family is back in The Legacy Part 2. Patriarch Allen Collins, fights to maintain control over his family but the lengths he's willing to go, might prove detrimental. With betrayal, deception and distrust, it will take more than love, to keep the family close.


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